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WILLIAM   VOX  HiniBCKLDT.                    2S3
even the greatest pliilologians of the day coiiLl boast
of3 and we can therefore not be surprised when we
find that the comprehension of antiquity as a whole,
which   had  "been   only   the   accidental result  of his
studies, now partly became the very purpose of these
studies.     His reasons for this, and his views, are best
shown in a letter which he wrote to his friend Wolf,
in 1792.   "It is probable/" he says, "that I shall have
the wisdom not to change my present condition., and
in   that   case,  antiquity,  especially Greek antiquity.,
•will form my exclusive occupation.    I cannot study
as a philologian clu m/fier7 my education prevents that;
for if I were now to endeavour with all my power^ and
with all the resources at my command, to acquire ac-
curate knowledge, even of grammatical details, I should
never—beginning  so  late—advance far enough.    It
seems to me, however, that my individuality has led me
to a less common view of the study of the ancients.   I
find it difficult to explain my meaning briefly, "but the
sum of it is about this. There is, besides all studies and
developments of mankind^ a peculiar onea "which., so to
say, braces together the whole man, and makes Mm
not only more capable., better, and stronger in one or
the   other point? but makes   of him a greater and
nobler man;   and  this requires,   at the  same   time,
strength of the intellectuaL goodness of the moral, and
sensibility and susceptibility of the aesthetic faculties.
This kind of education has gradually fallen into dis-
use, while it prevailed to a high degree among the
Greeks.    Now I think it cannot be revived better than
Tyy the study of great^ and in this respect, admirable
mens in a word, by the study of the Greeks.   No other
nation possesses such simplicity and iiature3 with suet a
Mgh degree of civilization; and none combined so muck
persevering energy^ "with susceptibility for every ina?-
pression.    The study of the Greeks, in this respect^
and   the description of their political, religions and
domestic situations^ in its strictest fideBty, frill occupy
me until my attention be forcibly directed to some-
thing else, or until I shall have perfectly